By Ken Feltman
Politico asked me whether Rep. Michele Bachmann’s migraines could be her downfall. Bachmann moved quickly to limit damage from the migraines story. She is on notice now that her every mood will be watched for signs of a migraine.
What her supporters will be watching is whether people see continued analysis of Bachmann’s migraines as akin to past concerns about whether a woman’s monthly cycle was disqualifying. The incident is another reminded that women are held to different and tougher standards. Men have run for president – even won – with more debilitating problems.
This is another step in a journey that we must try to complete, although we realize that it may never be complete. My grandmother took her steps when she marched for womens’ suffrage and, once, was taken off to jail. She did not mind being jailed. She minded that she could not be released except into her husband’s custody.
My grandfather minded, too, that his wife had been subjected to that one last indignity. He marched with her the next time, challenging the police to arrest them both, shouting, “What will you do? Will you release us into our daughters’ custody?”
Meantime, while they probed Bachmann’s medical records, reporters miss the real stories:
1. The pro-Obama media pursued this story because they are increasingly nervous that Bachmann may be for real, a possible threat to President Obama.
2. The story was leaked by former Bachmann staff members. Assessing Bachmann when she announced her candidacy, I mentioned that she has a history of heavy staff turnover – never a good sign for a candidate. That is the real story. That is Bachmann’s real weakness.